Washington State Department of Ecology: A Case of Water Rights for All

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case 1The Water Resources Program with the Washington State Department of Ecology oversees effective water management in the state. This includes meeting current water needs and ensuring future availability for communities and the natural environment. The Water Resources Program also issues ground and surface water rights permits to municipalities, government agencies, and private property owners.

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Permitting for water rights is a complicated process that includes legal and scientific information, including details that describe locations, quantities, and limitations. The process can be time-consuming and confusing with standard and varying elements; every water rights situation is unique with specific characteristics but standard legal language. This leaves a great margin for error. Any error could lead to water rights disputes or, worse, lengthy legal action to resolve the situation.

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